Sunday, September 15, 2013

Giants Take Series

Hunter Pence had another big day, hitting two home runs and driving in three, and Brett Pill added a late tie-breaking pinch-homer to best the Dodgers in the getaway game, 4-3. It was a little tense in the 9th, but Sergio Romo got Yasiel Puig to ground out with the bases loaded and preserve the victory. Ryan Vogelsong delivered a quality start, and zeroes from Jean Machi in the 7th and Santiago Casilla in the 8th helped it to stand up. After losing narrowly in ten innings on Thursday night, the Giants ran the table and now lead the season series 9-7 with three to play. It is small consolation, but it is consolation nonetheless. The Dodgers will eventually clinch the NL West, but with Arizona's victory today their magic number remains at four. The blue-clads have lost three straight for the second time this month (they got swept in Cincinnati) and are 3-8 since their ridiculous 53-13 stretch. I'm not usually one for schadenfreude, but I think I'll indulge this time.

Pence's spectacular play of late puts him in the club's history books: 19 RBI in 6 games is a Giants record, held by none other than Mel Ott. His five homers in the four-game series puts him in elite company as well, as the last Giants player to homer in four straight games was Barry Bonds, and the last Giants player to hit a homer in all four games in a Dodgers series was Willie Mays. It seems even more obvious now that the Giants should retain Plastic Man's services.

The team travels to New York City tomorrow for the final two road series, three apiece with the Mets and Yankees. Yusmeiro Petit gets an intriguing matchup with Zack Wheeler in the opener.




Brother Bob said...

Pence has been wonderful. I guess he's earned a few extra million dollars recently. Must be nice.

nomisnala said...

Too bad this was not the guy we had all year.